The only reason SU needs a 22 minute formula is because ever since Ian J.Q. left, the episodes don't have direction for shit except on the occasions Rebecca steps in to do her fucking job. It would just be a way for compensating for the really inconsistent and overly libertarian storyboarding process they have over in that studio.
For real though, thinking of SU just reminds me of how good that last quarter of season 1 was vs how much of a joke it's become now. The show should have never gotten the exposure or funding it has now -- it should have gotten just enough attention for 2-3 seasons so the show runners would be forced to fix everything neatly.
While we're on the subject of criticism, let's not leave Samurai Jack out of this. I never got the hype for seasons 1-4 of Samurai Jack beyond feeling nostalgic for its tight directing, sound design, and action scenes. Samurai Jack, to me, was (mostly) a style over substance show that tried to convey genre tropes to kids with very little subversion of expectations. It was an introduction to themes you'd usually see in by-the-books action, crime, and historical flicks. Of course, there were exceptions like A Tale of X-9 and Jack and the Bounty Hunters, but most episodes had incredibly simplistic writing because it was aimed for kids and it was entertaining enough on its visual and sound design alone. That makes it fucking boring for older viewers who want a more complex story though.
Season 5's Mad Max approach is fucking great though, and the increased in demand for serialized TV has really let the visual storytelling shine beyond "fight for glory and honor LOL." I really do hope the new SJ has some net effect on the industry, because I feel like it's currently displaying the best balance between stylistic presentation and complex storytelling, unlike either its preceding seasons or SU which lie too far on either end of the spectrum respectively.
Also, the less meme shows like pic related, the better.